Course Title: Advanced Cartography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Cartography

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Prof. William Cartwright

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2423

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GEOM2079 Cartography 2

Course Description

This course involves the study and application of advanced aspects of thematic cartography to the design and production of innovative maps and atlases. You will work in a team environment on large, complex production tasks and problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Discuss how ‘other’ geographies are represented, generally from outside ‘main-stream’ cartography.
2. Explain how maps are used to represent place and space. 
3. Identify the ways in which maps are used to understand spatial relationships. 
4.  List and elaborate the ways in which maps are used or incorporated into popular media.
5. Describe and demonstrate how cartographic representations can be extended to accord with the use of interactive and integrated media to visualise other geographies 

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours):

1.4 Understand models of cartographic communication
2.4 Use cartographic design skills for the visualisation and representation of information.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will actively engage you in a series of lectures, discussions and cartographic artefact design & development.
Learning support materials and assignment submissions are managed via the University Learning Hub.

Face-to-face learning: 48 hours per Semester comprising lectures and tutorials
Student-directed learning: 48 hours per Semester

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. The library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you to complete your studies successfully. Furthermore you will have access to computer laboratories containing specialist web design, geospatial science and cartography software.
A Subject Guide is available from the University Library at

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment comprises written assignments, presentations and a cartographic project.

1. Report and presentation 1. (25%)
(This assessment task supports CLO 3)

2. Report and presentation 2 (25%)
(This assessment task supports CLO 4)

3. Cartographic project (20%)
(This assessment task supports CLO 5)

4. Report (30%)
(This assessment task supports CLOs 1&2)